HIM - Love Metal review
|Release date:||April 2003|
01. Buried Alive By Love
02. The Funeral Of Hearts
03. Beyond Redemption
04. Sweet Pandemonium
05. Soul On Fire
06. The Sacrament
07. This Fortress Of Tears
08. Circle Of Fear
09. Endless Dark
10. The Path
11. Love's Requiem [Digipack bonus]
If there's any act that remains a mystery to most rock fans here in Australia, it has to be HIM. It seems like every European magazine fall head over heels for this band, and feature more interviews and reviews than other well-established groups.
But it's all for very good reasons. HIM is possibly one of the easiest groups to the ear I?ve heard in quite some time. HIM are a five-piece melodic rock act from Helsinki [Finland] are hardly newcomers, with Love Metal being their fourth release to date [following 1998's Greatest Lovesongs Vol. 666, 2000's Razorblade Romance and 2001's Deep Shadows And Brilliant Highlights].
Although the group is competent at what they do, they really play second fiddle to their front man Ville Hermanni Valo. Valo actually writes all of HIM's lyrics and music, and also gets most of the female attention with his good looks.
So what about the music? Well, HIM have been labelled as a gothic act in the past, but to be honest, other than the imagery that accompanies the group, they're essential an extremely melodic rock act [with similarities to other Finnish act Entwine].
The opening rocker 'Buried Alive By Love' has a slight similarity to gritty rock ?n? roll with it's endless riffing, but soon develops a big hooked chorus and Valo's stunning angelic vocals.
'The Funeral Of Hearts' [the albums lead off single] is a lush blend of aching love inspired lyrics with melodic rock incorporating huge melodies, and is typical of HIM's captivating formula [not unlike 'The Sacrament', 'The Path' and the dramatic gothic tinged epic 'Love's Requiem'). But it's not all ballads, with some rockier numbers coming in 'Beyond Redemption', 'Soul On Fire' and 'Endless Dark'.
A promotional video clip for 'The Funeral Of Hearts' has been included as an added bonus [along with the track 'Love's Requiem'] to the limited edition digi-pack version, making this album all the more appealing.
Love Metal is hardly full of killer riffs or classic metal moments, but it does make up for it with for melodies that will have you singing along in no time that are almost impossible no to like.
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